|John J. Mills - District 13
Erie County AutumnFest Returns to Sprague Brook Park
Festival will be held for first time in six years
Erie County Executive Chris Collins, Legislators John Mills and Dino Fudoli and Parks Commissioner Jim Hornung are pleased to announce the County is once again hosting its popular “AutumnFest” in Sprague Brook Park this weekend. On October 2 and October 3, more than 40 artists and crafters will set up shop in the park for the festival.
Apart from the art, craft and food vendors, AutumnFest will feature hayrides, pumpkins and fall decorations. Anyone camping in the park that weekend may take a hayride from their campsite up to the festival.
County Executive Chris Collins said, “AutumnFest used to be a long standing tradition in Sprague Brook Park, and we’re thrilled to bring it back this year. Budgetary constraints forced the County to cancel the festival six years ago. Bringing AutumnFest back this weekend is another example of the strong management of our Parks Commissioner Jim Hornung.”
“For many years residents looked forward to attending AutumnFest and I am pleased it has returned to Sprague Brook Park. For anyone who isn’t familiar with the park, they can participate in the free Fall Guided Walk, which will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at the casino,” Legislator Mills said.
“With the leaves just starting to turn color, this is a perfect opportunity for residents from around Erie County to travel to Sprague Brook Park and enjoy AutumnFest. I want to thank the County Executive and Parks Department for bringing back this event,” Legislator Fudoli said.
“We’ve had a lot of inquiries about bringing this popular festival back to Sprague Brook Park, and I’m very happy we were able to accomplish that this year,” said Parks Commissioner Jim Hornung. “Sprague Brook is one of the most beautiful County parks in the fall, and it’s the perfect setting for this festival. We’re confident this weekend’s festival marks the beginning of an annual tradition for years to come.”
Sprague Brook Park is located in Concord, in southeast Erie County. The festival runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more information, visit www.erie.gov/parks.
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